Speakers

Jacqueline M. Arango
A former Assistant U.S. Attorney with a focus on public corruption and national security, Jacqueline Arango is co-chair of Akerman’s White Collar Crime & Government Investigations Practice. She leads a team including former federal prosecutors, senior enforcement lawyers at the SEC, and government lawyers representing corporations, financial institutions, boards of directors, and individuals in government...
Judge Barbara Areces
Barbara Areces is a judge of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court, Family Division, in Florida. She was first elected to this position on August 31, 2004, defeating incumbent Judge D. Bruce Levy. Her official investiture ceremony followed on February 10, 2005. She ran unopposed and was retained in the August 24, 2010primary to a six-year...
Alex Alvarez
When he was an infant, Alex Alvarez left Cuba and came to the United States with his family. He was introduced to the justice system in 1978 when, at the age of 19, he was accepted into the police academy. His choice of police work over college came as a surprise to his family. They...
A.J. Barranco Jr.
A.J. Barranco, Jr. passionately and effectively represents his clients. He has a national reputation for his results and expertise in high profile cases. A.J. Barranco, Jr. received his B.S. from Washington and Lee University in 1964 and his J.D. from the University of Florida in 1966. He was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1967...
Hilarie Bass
A prolific trial attorney with a highly successful 30-plus year career, Greenberg Traurig Co-President Hilarie Bass is one of the most prominent women attorneys in the United States. She served as President of the American Bar Association, the world’s largest voluntary professional organization with more than 400,000 members, from August 2017 – August 2018. She...
Judge Beatrice Butchko
Beatrice Butchko is a judge of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court in Florida. She was appointed by former Governor Jeb Bush, effective in January of 2006, and currently serves in the appellate and civil divisions.[1][2][3] She was re-elected without opposition in 2014, winning a six-year term that expires on January 4, 2021. Butchko received her...
Raoul Cantero
Raoul Cantero of White & Case LLP is a former Florida Supreme Court judge with an “outstanding” presence in the appellate field, offering clients market-leading abilities in their most challenging litigation matters. Clients say: “Raoul’s greatest strengths are his ability to analyze, distill and argue complex issues in a simple, understandable way.” Chambers USA Overview...
Sherril M. Colombo
Sherril Colombo draws on her extensive experience to provide effective advocacy for her clients in the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) litigation matters and employment-related claims. Board-certified as a specialist in labor and employment law, she provides skilled, responsive representation to employers of all sizes across a range of industries. Sherril represents group disability,...
David A. Coulson
David represents businesses in complex commercial litigation and product liability actions. In addition to prevailing in major cases through dispositive motions, he has tried numerous jury trials to favorable verdicts and possesses wide-ranging and successful arbitration experience. A long-time chair of the Miami litigation practice and a current member of GT’s Litigation Executive Committee, David...
Michael Diaz, Jr.
Michael Diaz is a multilingual litigator, trial lawyer, and arbitral advocate with 32 years of experience advising clients, trying cases, and negotiating resolutions to complex civil, arbitral and criminal disputes. He has extensive experience handling visa recovery efforts, FCPA and OFAC violations, and Specially Designated Nationals classifications. He regularly counsels on preventative arbitration and litigation...